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energy user? plus will the iraqi military be ready to guarantee the country's security after u.s. forces withdraw in december? but, first, the chief of navel operations, admirable gary roughhead recently joined reporters from defense news and other gann et media publications to discuss service personnel programs. we bring you excerpts from our wide-ranging interview. we start with personnel levels. in september, admirable roughhead said the navy should have 375,00 sailors but dropped that number. we asked him what changed. >> as we look at the end strength and it's not so much how many people should be in the navy, it really is what are the jobs in the navy and then how many people do you need to perform those functions. so it's very easy to say, well, you know, navy has x amount of people, so that's where we want to be. but what we constantly do as we go through the budget process is we're looking at the forestructure and the functions that have to be performed, and then how do you size that? i would submit that in the navy we in the past few years have done some incredible work to bill
as the u.s. government works to develop a strategy for rare earth minerals vital to modern electronics and weapons, one analyst is urging a free market approach. but, first, the united states and nine of its allies forged a coalition that has spent the last week in enforcing a no-fly zone over libya. it's a mission with many firsts, including the combat bay du of the multifighter jet and the royal air force has mounted a strike mission from british soil. but questions abound about the future of the operation, specifically how long it will last, who will control it and what's the end game. joining us is a man who commanded the coalition no-fly zone over northern iraq, dave datula, a retired air force general who is the services chief of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. sir, welcome back to the show. >> hey, vago, great to be here. >> the operation came together very quickly and you've been involved, obviously, in coalition no-fly operations both at the planning and operational level. what are the elements that go into and how do they work together to create a no-fly zone?
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